de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) , dē-\

Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing the development of new ideas an interesting development in the case
2 : the state of being developed a project in development
3 : a tract of land that has been made available or usable : a developed tract of land especially : one with houses built on it

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Examples of development in a Sentence

Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development. The company offers many opportunities for professional development. The software is still in the early stages of development. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology. Have there been any new developments in the case?
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Its first mission would be a crewless test of the Space Launch System, a big rocket already in development. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Why Everyone Wants to Go Back to the Moon," 12 July 2019 The 2019 New Works Festival Staged readings of plays in development. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal theater, July 14-21: Musical parodies of ‘Friends’ and ‘Lost’ and more," 12 July 2019 Variety reports that a new iteration of The Flintstones is in early development, helmed by Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks‘ Brownstone Productions. Jen Juneau,, "Yabba Dabba Reboot! The Flintstones Is Getting a Revival — and Elizabeth Banks Is Involved," 12 July 2019 One more ring Amazon already has a Lord of the Rings TV series in the works, and now there’s a video game adaptation in development as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Blizzard sics DeepMind on its StarCraft II players, Cuphead heads to Netflix," 12 July 2019 The institute, which specializes in child development, warned that children exposed to chronic violence can become fearful, demonstrate aggression, anxiety, depression and sadness and have difficulty feeling secure. Alejandro Serrano,, "‘We are bringing baseball back’: A West Side police sergeant’s plan to save kids, one game at a time," 12 July 2019 The town council, the town’s zoning authority, tabled the proposal Tuesday by the company to build a contemporary four-story, 141-unit Marriott AC Hotel on the last remaining empty parcel in the Somerset Square development. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury town council, unhappy with architecture, tables vote on town’s third hotel," 10 July 2019 In another development revealed Tuesday, the NBA will be taking a page out of the NFL’s playbook next season, allowing coaches the opportunity to challenge one call per game. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "NBA free agency rules could change," 10 July 2019 There's no prevention, but a vaccine is in developmentThe University of Arizona in 2017 received a $4.8 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health announced to get its delta-CPS1 vaccine against valley fever to market. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Cases of valley fever in Arizona are up in 2019. Here's what you need to know," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of development

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for development

see develop

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English Language Learners Definition of development

: the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced
: the act or process of creating something over a period of time
: the state of being created or made more advanced


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Kids Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing
2 : the state of being developed


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈvel-əp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Medical Definition of development

1 : the action or process of developing: as
a : the process of growth and differentiation by which the potentialities of a zygote, spore, or embryo are realized
b : the gradual advance through evolutionary stages : evolution
2 : the state of being developed the great muscular development of weight lifters

Other Words from development

developmental \ -​ˌvel-​əp-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce developmental (audio) \ adjective
developmentally \ -​ē How to pronounce developmentally (audio) \ adverb

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